What Linux Distro is Best For Me?

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So, my system is a Framework Laptop, i7 1165g7, 16gb of 3200mhz, 500gb SSD, and Windows 11. I mainly use my laptop for work, (e.g., google docs, slides, using google, and normal high schooler stuff.) I also use my laptop for light to moderate photo AND video editing. (I use Davinci Resolve and Krita/Photopea) I also do some light to moderate gaming from time to time, I play Valorant, War Thunder, Minecraft, Polygon, and Genshin Impact.

As of lately, I was getting frustrated by windows 11. I feel like my system can be utilized in a much more efficient way, and Windows 11 is too heavy on my system. Windows defender used a little too much ram for my liking, windows update comes on at the most random times, arbitrary and small things like that.

I'm looking for a distro of Linux and that "do it all" just as I am on windows 11, (and this might be asking for too much, I'm already asking for a "do it all" distro but here we go!) a more efficient OS, but the great aesthetics of windows 11 (or macOS).
 


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First of all please keep in mind that none of Linux distros work exactly like Windows as Windows doesn't work exactly like Linux because they are two different operating systems but for most usual tasks, they are the same. And if you are moving from Windows to Linux, my suggestion would be Zorin OS because its main focus is enabling Windows users to have the best experience when they migrate to Linux. and it is a beautiful Linux distribution. also there are many other distors that are build mainly for inexperienced Windows users and you can get benefit from them too. Another distros you can have a look on, are elementary OS and Pop!_OS.
 
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Welcome to the forums, first you may wish to keep your win11 as some of the program you made need for your education and your favourite rendering programs probably will not run in Linux, so I recommend you set up a dual boot system.
As to the age-old question of which is the best Linux, the answer is the one that you feel most comfortable with and works best on your machine, \which is capable of running any distribution you wish to choose, WE always recommend you take a look at the various desktops available to see if any look better for you, then run at least 5/6 distributions from a live pen drive to see which you like the feel of best.

You will find lots of information for the newbie in the getting started thread, including https://linux-tips.us/how-do-i-install-linux-a-general-guide

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People always ask this question and the best Linux Distro for you is....the one you like the best and find easy to use.
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First of all please keep in mind that none of Linux distros work exactly like Windows as Windows doesn't work exactly like Linux because they are two different operating systems but for most usual tasks, they are the same. And if you are moving from Windows to Linux, my suggestion would be Zorin OS because its main focus is enabling Windows users to have the best experience when they migrate to Linux. and it is a beautiful Linux distribution. also there are many other distors that are build mainly for inexperienced Windows users and you can get benefit from them too. Another distros you can have a look on, are elementary OS and Pop!_OS.
I have heard of Pop!_OS being a pretty great starter Linux distro and finding a distro that can "do it all" is simply not feasible, maybe my main focus would probably a distro thats great for efficiency/productivity. Like @brickwizard said, I'll probably download multiple distros and try to find one I like best.
 

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I was going to place the link my friend placed at hash 6 above but he beat me by 25 minutes.

I run 70 Linux on this rig, so I obviously have not made up my mind on which one I like best.

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I have heard of Pop!_OS being a pretty great starter Linux distro and finding a distro that can "do it all" is simply not feasible, maybe my main focus would probably a distro thats great for efficiency/productivity. Like @brickwizard said, I'll probably download multiple distros and try to find one I like best.
One very nice features of Pop-OSs is auto windows tiling which allows you to open and see multiple windows at the same time despite Windows that opens all pages cascade. You can add it to other Gnome based desktop environments too. I have added it to Zorin once and it worked successfully. And a very big advantage on zorin is having wine and PlayOnLinux preinstalled which allows you to install and run Windows installation files (.exe) with one click. Of course you can install them on any other Linux distro as well. Imo the best way it to try some distros yourself as live flash USB and then decide because everyone has different taste and requirements.
 

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Hello @rokudoma ,
Welcome to Linux.org forums, You'll find plenty of good advice here. But As @brickwizard has said best would be to try several Distros live usb and then choose the one that best meets your needs at this time. Most importantly enjoy the experience of learning new things.
 

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70 linux? thats crazy
Not really many of us run multiple distributions, I am not that bad I only have about 11 at the moment, 2 regular and the rest for testing
 

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I was going to place the link my friend placed at hash 6 above but he beat me by 25 minutes.

I run 70 Linux on this rig, so I obviously have not made up my mind on which one I like best.

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Chris Turner
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Are those 70 installations virtualized or maybe paravirtualized? What do you need so much Os's? do you have them online all at the time? How do you sync your browser / bookmarks and other things that are located in /home/
 

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I don't know about @wizardfromoz, but my daily use are both Firefox, so are linked to my FF account for sync, The others for testing, I have a stack of old hard drives and an usb3-satta docking port, may be a bit slower than being inbuilt but good enough for testing/problem-solving
 

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Are those 70 installations virtualized or maybe paravirtualized? What do you need so much Os's? do you have them online all at the time? How do you sync your browser / bookmarks and other things that are located in /home/


Off Topic, but the most recent reference I gave was from here, I think.

https://www.linux.org/threads/what-distro-do-you-recommend.36346/post-133629

We'd have to start a separate thread about it to talk more. They are fully installed.

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